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Open source can help the developing world, but it's not without challenges

Many see open source technology as an ideological tool -- a way to promote freedom in a world of closed, proprietary systems. For Canonical's Jono Bacon, Mozilla's Stormy Peters and Wikimedia's Tomasz Finc, it's more about improving humanity. Speaking at Expand, they argued that open code connects …

Amazon to add Postgres to its most-favored database list

Amazon(s amzn) plans to add Postgres database support to its relational database service or RDS. That would put Postgres (aka PostgreSQL) on an RDS …

More than half of US public schools don’t have wireless access

A crime is happening in our schools every day. And it’s not the type of crime that hall monitors or security cameras can solve. At issue: Only 39% of public schools have wireless network access for the whole school. But perhaps the greater offense—up to this point, at least—has been apathy.<p>At work …

Net Neutrality

Samsung and Code Club Teach Kids to Code

Code Club, the UK-wide network of volunteers that teach kids how to program, has announced a partnership with Samsung to unearth the UK’s “grooviest young coder”.<p>In what will be the first in a series of events to mark the tie-up, the Robo-Boogie competition is striving to encourage primary-age …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Yahoo frees up a slew of domain names; Sandwich.com could be yours for $100,000

Is an already-taken domain name all that's keeping you from an exciting new business venture? Provided you're looking for some very specific web real estate, Yahoo has some great news for you. On its Tumblr today, the company announced that it's freeing up "well over a hundred premium domain names" …

Facebook Launches Open Academy To Give Kids College Credit For Open Source Contributions

A perfect GPA isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Advancing an open source project. To help computer science students prepare for jobs (and boost its own recruiting efforts) Facebook today publicly launched Open Academy. The partnership with premier CS universities sets up a special class where …